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Subject: Boston CHAS abstracts: Teaching Safety

Teaching Safety

The challenge of managing hazardous wastes from class laboratories
Ralph Stuart, Environmental Safety Facility, University of Vermont,  
667 Spear
St., Burlington, VT 05405, Fax: 802-656-5407, rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**,  
and Denise
Dubois, Environmental Safety, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT  

Class laboratories present special issues in managing hazardous  
chemical and biological wastes. In many classroom situations, the  
responsibility for the correct management of the wastes and related  
safety issues in the class laboratory is ambiguously assigned. This  
ambiguity adds stress to a teaching assistants' already-divided  
attention and can result in poor management of laboratory waste. We  
have observed incorrect labeling of wastes, poor housekeeping and  
potential contamination of a variety of laboratory surfaces in class  
laboratories as a result of this problem. This presentation will  
discuss some of the challenges we have observed at UVM and some of  
the approaches we are taking to resolving these issues.

21st Century laboratory design
Stefan Wawzyniecki Jr., Department of Environmental Health & Safety,
University of Connecticut, 3102 Horsebarn Hill Rd, Unit 4097, Storrs,  
CT 06269,
Fax: 860-486-1106, stefan.w**At_Symbol_Here**

The University of Connecticut at Storrs has undertaken an ambitious  
building program, especially for science and research facilities.  
This paper will highlight one of the recent buildings that opened  
recently- Pharmacy/ Biology. This "show and tell" approach will put  
on display the approach taken for designing a state-of- the-art  
facility for both teaching and research. Laboratory layout,  
furniture, fume hood ventilation, and safety features are just a few  
of the topics that will be discussed.

Are YOU practicing safe chemistry?
Al Hazari, Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, 505  
Buehler Hall,
Knoxville, TN 37996, ahazari**At_Symbol_Here**

Over the years, the ACS - Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS ; has been providing resources  
(booklets, videos, etc.) to make "Teaching Safety" easier and more  
effective. In this session, the presenter, a chemistry educator and  
the current CCS chair, will share information on the committee's  
latest publications and projects that promote safe practices in  
chemical activities.

Hierarchical MSDS retrieval system and analytical capabilities
George R. Thompson, Chemical Compliance Systems, Inc, 706 Route 15
South, Suite 207, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849, Fax: 973-663-2378,

In 1985, the OSHA HazCom required chemical manufacturers and  
distributors provide their customers with Material Safety Data Sheets  
(MSDSs). Employers were required to make every MSDS accessible to  
their employees. Many state Right-to-Know laws extended these MSDS  
requirements to nonpublic employers. EPA EPCRA regulations required  
employers to submit MSDSs to their LEPC when the minimum threshold in  
inventory is exceeded, or upon request. In 1993, a standard MSDS  
format was approved by ANSI. In 2002, this standard format was  
adopted by the UN under their Globally Harmonized System of  
Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The challenge for  
facilities to efficiently retrieve and analyze MSDS information can  
now be readily resolved by implementing Web- based, hierarchical and  
customizable retrieval and analytical systems: 1. MSDS Retrieval  
System for Product Hazard Information (MRS-PHI): imaged manufacturer  
MSDSs. 2. MSDS Retrieval System for Chemical Hazard Information (MRS- 
CHI): imaged product and constituent chemical MSDSs for chemical  
reference files. 3. MSDS Retrieval System for Chemical and  
Environmentally Preferable Product Analyses (MRS-CEPPA): includes all  
MSDS images and numerous reference databases.

Safety considerations for science in the home school environment
Frankie K. Wood-Black, ConocoPhillips, 2277 Kirkwood #303, Houston, TX
77077, fwblack**At_Symbol_Here**

It is currently estimated that 2.2 million children are in a home  
school environment. This growing phenomenon indicates that there is a  
need to develop science curricula for the home schooler. Doing  
experiments in a home school situation requires special  
considerations for safety and good laboratory practice. This paper  
will look at how to develop science experiments that meet the  
educational needs of the students while taking into account the  

Safety in academic chemistry laboratories: The Arabic translation
Mamoun M. Bader, Department of Chemistry, Qatar University and
Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton, PA 18202, mmb11**At_Symbol_Here**, and Al
Hazari, Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville,  
TN 37996

A description of the lessons learned first-hand during the  
translation into Arabic of the flagship publication of the ACS –  
Committee on Chemical Safety booklet entitled, "Safety in Academic  
Chemistry Laboratories (Volumes 1 and 2)" will be shared. This type  
of work provides an added and important international dimension to  
the ACS. If similar translations become available in other (than  
Spanish) languages, they will definitely help enhance the safety  
standards in academic laboratories world-wide. This will also help  
educate students in foreign countries about the importance of  
observing safety regulations. The ultimate goal would be the creation  
of healthy and safe learning and working chemical laboratory  
environments around the globe.

Science IS-inquiry...safely
Linda M. Stroud, Science & Safety Consulting Services, Inc, 2808 Rue  

Famille, Raleigh, NC 27607-3049, Fax: 919 789 4477, LMStroud**At_Symbol_Here**  
Contaminating schools with “magic water” (Hg), burning of a high  
school, spiking a teacher's water bottle with a mixture of HCl /  
ZnCl2 and the high cost of removing hazardous waste chemicals from  
schools has garnered the attention of North Carolina school officials  
and legislators. A sustainable science safety program requires  
teaching all stakeholders in our schools - Science IS- Inquiry...Safely.

It was was on the news
I. J. Wilk, none, PO Box 18006, Stanford, CA 94309-8006,

Everything is a hazard. The public needs to know that the toxicity is  
in the dose. Examples will be cited, e.g. water, salt(NaCl), etc. to  
demonstrate the accuracy of this statement. Members of the news media  
are frequently accused of furnishing false, and misleading,  
information about scientific matters. They are generalists, covering  
everything, and cannot be expected to know details about matters of  
science. Certain groups take advantage of that. It is up to reputable  
scientists to make available correct, and impartial, information to  
reporters. Suggestions will be made how to accomplish this,  
specifically as far as members of the American Chemical Society are  
concerned. We must "respect the press and get to know reporters...and  
never lie to them" (J.A.B.III).

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